What If My Spousal Sponsorship Is Refused?
(Below is a transcription of this video)
Hello, my name is Michael Niren. I’m an immigration lawyer and founder of
VisaPlace.com. What happens if your application for spousal sponsorship is
refused? It’s a very upsetting situation. Unfortunately, it happens quite
frequently where a Canadian citizen or permanent resident sponsors a spouse
from overseas and waits many, many months and is very excited to be
reunited with their spouse only to find out their application is refused.
Reasons Why Spousal Sponsorship Is Refused
One of the main reasons for refusal is that the Canadian government doesn’t
believe that the relationship is genuine and it’s only what we call a
marriage of convenience meaning that the government believes that the only
reason or the main reason you’re sponsoring this person is to bring them to
Canada. It’s not a genuine relationship and often, that is not the case,
but that’s how the government feels. Perhaps, the application wasn’t
There could be a multitude of reasons why the application was refused.
However, if this happens to you, you do have options. You have appeal
rights and, generally speaking, you have 30 days to file an appeal to the
immigration adjudication division. That’s a special court. We call that the
IAD and it goes through an appeal process where you, as the sponsor, the
Canadian, can try to explain what the problem was, why you feel that the
application should be approved, and it’s a whole process that goes through
Seeking the Proper Help After Your Spousal Sponsorship Is Refused
It’s very important to get legal representation to help you with these
cases and you have to act fast if you get a refusal letter. You have to
file a notice of appeal on time; otherwise your appeal rights could be
Do You Need Help with Spousal Sponsorship?
So, if you have a spousal sponsorship that was refused, if you’ve filed an
application that was refused, you can contact us. You can go to our website
at www.VisaPlace.com. We can take a look at your case and see if we can
help you. Again, it’s very important to act fast if you have a refusal.
Thank you, and I hope this information helped you and gave you hope in case
you’re one of those unfortunate people. Thank you and have a great day.
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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